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November 22, 2000|SHAUNA SNOW


Broadway Bound, Apparently: Jerry Herman's "Mack & Mabel" appears headed for Broadway in a beefed-up version of the revival that was at Freud Playhouse earlier this month as part of the Reprise! series. Producer Jon Wilner, who also engineered a recent London revival of the musical about Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, said he has raised the $4 million necessary to mount the show and has registered an April 23 opening date with the League of American Producers, though he has yet to complete negotiations for a theater. He wants to use the Los Angeles cast--including stars Douglas Sills, Jane Krakowski and Donna McKechnie--and the L.A. director, Arthur Allan Seidelman. Wilner credited Francine Pascal's revisions of the book and Seidelman's direction for proving that "now is the right time" to bring the show to Broadway.


Fans' Choices: The public can vote via the Internet this year for a special "Fan's Choice Award" to be given as part of the 28th annual American Music Awards airing Jan. 8 on ABC. The nominees--chosen by a blue-ribbon panel--are Creed, Destiny's Child, Eminem, Faith Hill, 'N Sync and Britney Spears. Votes will be accepted until Jan. 8 at


Unauthorized Broadcast?: Singer Ozzy Osbourne and other Ozzfest 2000 performers have sued two pay-per-view firms and a Web site, claiming that a pay-per-view special broadcast by DirecTV and iNDemand was unauthorized. The performers--who include the bands Pantera, Godsmack and Methods of Mayhem--claim that MCY Music World Inc. was given permission to film the tour's final concert for an Internet Webcast only, but then sold rights to the footage to the TV broadcasters. None of the artists were compensated for the broadcast, the suit claims. The bands also claim the pay-per-view special featured inferior-quality footage, since it was not intended for TV broadcast. Attorneys for the defendants could not be reached for comment.


Reality Bites: "Chains of Love," a reality show from "Big Brother's" creators that was originally planned for NBC, will now air on UPN, with six installments ordered for the spring. Each episode will feature either one man or woman chained to four members of the opposite sex. . . . "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is taking a military turn, having sold 15 episodes of a show called "Combat Missions" to cable's USA Network. The hourlong series will feature military-style competition between teams of current and former members of elite combat units--such as the Green Berets, Recon Marines and Navy SEALs. Potential participants can apply via the Web at


Boxing star Oscar De La Hoya gives his first live singing performance Friday on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno." De La Hoya will perform "Run to Me," the first single from his self-titled debut album. . . . Cable's BET is developing 13 more installments of its new monthly biographical series, the name of which is changing from "Biographies in Black" to "Journeys in Black." The series' first two installments focused on music mogul Russell Simmons and the Rev. Al Sharpton; the December installment will feature gospel singer CeCe Winans, while musician Master P will be profiled in January. . . . Oprah Winfrey can now be heard on the Internet. Her Web site, at, has started running "Oprah's Cut," featuring taped highlights from one-on-one conversations conducted for her magazine, O. This month's "Oprah's Cut" features a discussion between Winfrey and poet Maya Angelou. . . . Country singer Chris LeDoux, 51, was discharged Monday from the Nebraska hospital where he had been recovering from an Oct. 7 liver transplant. LeDoux had the surgery after being diagnosed with a disease that blocks the bile ducts and leads to cirrhosis. His surgeon said he has shown no signs of rejecting the transplant. . . . Singer LeAnn Rimes, 18, has filed a federal suit attempting to void her contract with Curb Records. The deal had been struck by Rimes' parents when she was 12. A Curb Records attorney, however, called the contract "a valid and binding agreement." . . . A one-tenth-scale model of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's interior is on view at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, at 1st Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Frank Gehry and Associates, the hall's architects, created the model.

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